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Undergraduate Biochemistry Major

The Biochemistry major helps students explore and expand their knowledge in science and science-related fields through coursework, opportunities with faculty-led research, and engaging with a rich community of undergraduate and graduate students as well as world class faculty. Our students use the tools and perspectives learned in the classroom to tackle today’s biggest issues and graduate prepared for a wide variety of career pathways.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in science and science-related fields, such as biotechnology the pharmaceutical industry, academia, science communications, and policy. The Biochemistry major can also support those who wish to pursue graduate or professional study, such as medical school, veterinary school, or other healthcare-related fields.

The Biochemistry major is offered through both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Letters and Science (L&S). The major coursework requirements are the same across CALS and L&S. General education requirements differ between colleges. For more information about the Biochemistry major and to connect with an advisor, please visit the Biochemistry / Microbiology Undergraduate Advising Hub.

Biochemistry/Microbiology Advising Hub

The Hub is a one-stop-shop for advising for undergraduate Biochemistry and Microbiology majors and undergraduate students who are interested in the majors.

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How to declare a Biochemistry major

You will need to schedule an appointment with a Biochemistry major advisor to declare the major. Please schedule with the advisor assigned for your last name.

Schedule an appointment via Starfish

Information for Biochemistry Majors and Prospective Majors

Where can I find more information about degree requirements and advising?

The Hub is is the one-stop-shop for advising for undergraduate Biochemistry and Microbiology majors. Our Courses page and The Guide can help you find the classes that are right for you.

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Can I get involved in research as an undergraduate?

Yes! Our faculty work with undergraduate students to build hands-on opportunities that prepare you for your next career steps. There are scholarships and awards (see Undergrad Research page) to help fund research experiences.

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Can I study abroad as a Biochemistry major?

Yes! We offer several opportunities for undergraduate students to study or do research outside the U.S. Students are also welcome to explore additional options through the Office of Study Abroad.

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How can I connect with students and alumni interested in biochemistry?

There are student organizations that are open to everyone who is interested in studying biochemistry and some that have been established for students from communities historically underrepresented in the field.

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Who can I talk to about next steps in my career?

There are support centers across campus to help you identify next steps and achieve your career goals.

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Are there employment opportunities for undergraduates?

Whether you are working to financially support yourself through college or you are looking to get some on-the-job experiences, there are job opportunities specifically for the unique schedules of working students.

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